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04-22-2006, 04:22 PM
Who knows where Bill Tarpley is ? I hav'nt seen or heard from him for quite a
How about it Mike Boyette?
04-22-2006, 05:52 PM
Hello Bud, Mike was at Benson Days and was on the forum just today.
Thank you, Vance
04-22-2006, 06:24 PM
Don't want to start a bad rumor, but I think Bill passed away. Not sure, I would ask Mary Jane
04-23-2006, 09:41 AM
I asked Dad about him before Bensen Days and he said he didn't know if he were still among the living. I have seen hyde nor hair of him in at least three years.
04-23-2006, 01:42 PM
Didn't Bill Tarply fly a single seat Yellow enclosed Dominator?
04-26-2006, 06:04 PM
No the last thing that he did any amount of time actually flying in was a VW powered Bensen. He wrecked it in the early eighties. He built a side by side V6 Buick poered two place that he wrecked. He never got over that. He talked about flying all the time, but in 20 years I don't think I ever saw him flying his own. I think you are thinking of Dr. Bill Clem.
04-27-2006, 04:50 AM
LLoyd Posten flew a yellow single place dominator for a while before he passed.He allways put on a good show for all when he flew.He was about 80 years or so and still flying!
04-27-2006, 08:46 AM
I'm sorry to hear about Lloyd. Old "Deputy Dog" and his bullet gyro were a staple of the early eighties. My fonds memory of Lloyd was when he would shout out at banquets.
May I have your attention?, May I have your attention?
The crowd would hush and Lloyd would say,
THANK YOU ! and go about his business or just walk away. He was a character.
I seem to remember Bill "JYD" Tarpley spitting out a VW sparkplug and starting a grass fire at one Bensen Days 10 or more years ago. Maybe that was Slim Rosenberg, however.
You Florida folks have given us some unique individuals. I can't end this without mentioning E.A. Van Houten. We had some bad weather headed toward the PRA convention in Rockford, IL. in the mid-seventies. Somehow E.
. got the word and came on the convention PA to warn the campers.
Alcohol may have had a part in this, but old E.A. gave us by-the-minute reports for long time before the storm and then narrated the storm. All of this in the pre-dawn hours.
04-27-2006, 08:43 PM
Tom, You need to write a book! You have always amazed me with all the Gyro stories & memory of all the cool things that most people have no clue as to the History of our Sport!
04-27-2006, 08:50 PM
Rick, I've seen some things alright. What a long strange trip it's been.
04-28-2006, 02:25 AM
Tom, You need to write a book!I agree! I enjoy reading and listening to past stories of the PRA and it's history.
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